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About Timothy Smith

Dr. Timothy Smith currently resides in Ormond By the Sea, FL, but he can often be found in Cocoa Beach, FL spending time with family there enjoying various watersports; surfing is his favorite hobby. Tim has been working at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2006.  He originally began on a tenure track role as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics on the Daytona Beach campus, where he went on to both gain tenure and then Full Professorship. In addition, Tim served there as the Program Coordinator of B.S. Computational Mathematics, starting in 2011, and then the Program Coordinator of M.S. Data Science from 2019 until 2024. He is now the Math, Science and Technology Department Chair of the Worldwide Campus. Dr. Smith attended the Florida Institute of Technology, where he obtained a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2006, with his dissertation focusing on Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations.
Dr. Smith began his Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as a faculty member joining into a research group focusing on the equations of fluid mechanics, and published several research journal articles in addition to a textbook. In recent years, Tim has been active in research – both publishing and undergraduate student mentorship – in the area of mathematical finance, primarily predicting market volatility through applications of the Black-Sholes Equation and Data Analysis. Currently Tim is continuing his research in mathematical finance while gaining more knowledge about modern Data Science methods to apply into the work, such as statistical learning. Tim has also done some work on portfolio guidance. Dr. Smith has mentored over a hundred undergraduate student capstone research projects, in addition to serving on several thesis committees, and he has published more than 25 research articles. For his future goals, Tim is very dedicated to make the best use of his time leading the MST department forward with his new role as Chair of the department, and he is interested to continue his work in the financial sector with the hope to publish literature that is both substantive in academic rigor but also of practical use in the real world for investors.
Areas of expertise:
  • Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations
  • Statistical Learning
  • Data Science
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Macroeconomic predictive modeling
  • Stock Valuation & Portfolio Guidance


Present Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Computational Mathematics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Department of Mathematics
2005 - 2006 Assistant Professor, Daytona Beach State College ‐ Mathematics
2002 - 2006 Teaching Assistant/Lecturer, Florida Institute of Technology ‐ Mathematics


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  • MA 413 Statistics
  • MA 490 Capstone Project
  • MA 241 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I
  • MA 222 Business Statistics
  • MA 505 Statistics I


2006 Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology ‐ Applied Mathematics
2002 M.S., University of West Florida ‐ Mathematics

Articles (17)

Books (2)

Dissertation (1)